Our child spotlight this week is 15-year-old, Misozi! Misozi is HIV Positive. She contracted HIV from her parents. Misozi’s parents died when she was 3 years old. After the death of her parents, Misozi went to live with her aunt. Her aunt was unable to take care of Misozi’s health needs, so at 4 years old, Misozi was abandoned at the local hospital. Misozi had to go on a nutrition/feeding program at the hospital because of the malnourished state that she was in. After 6 months in the feeding program, the District Health Officer decided that she should not go back to her village because of the lack of access to a hospital. The Social Welfare Officer was directed to take Misozi to any orphanage that was near to a big hospital. That orphanage happened to be El-Shaddaih!
Today, Misozi loves to dance and sing! She also loves to swim at the lake and play net ball with the other children. Misozi has to be on a special diet and on medication for her entire life, due to her HIV. Although, Misozi must deal with the effects of having HIV, she is thriving at the orphanage. The orphanage is able to provide the food and medication that she requires.
Blessings said about Misozi, “She was born a fighter. With what she goes through every day, she really is a fighter.” Misozi wants to be a nurse when she grows up.